Strategic Leadership for Responsible Innovation

TU Delft Leadership, Innovation

Target Audience

Entrepreneurs, business executives, developers and managers who are eager to think 'out-of-the-box' about social responsibility and technological innovation within their organization.


The responsible development of new products and services is increasingly relevant for companies today. Following a Responsible Innovation (RI) approach can add considerable value to your company. In particular, it will guarantee the societal and ethical acceptance of new products and services, and will reduce the risks associated with launching new technologies. This has a demonstrable beneficial impact on the competitiveness of companies: more successful innovations with fewer risks.

The concept of RI introduces a new and important dimension to the innovation process: it requires not only that the new product or service is market ready and economically viable but that it is ethically acceptable, environmentally sustainable and socially desirable.

For example, new physical and digital infrastructures should be proven safe for their users and stakeholders, and not just to meet safety requirements. Products should be designed to be sustainable and not just to comply with emission norms under test conditions. Telecom systems should meet the values of national security and user privacy. Artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and smart systems should be developed to serve our moral, social and legal value commitments to sustainability, circular economy, bottom of the pyramid and well-being.

This course will first give you a thorough understanding of the concept of RI and the underlying instruments, like stakeholder engagement and transparency. We will then show you how to successfully integrate RI in your innovation strategy and CSR polices and convince your shareholders and CEOs of the benefits of RI. Last but not least, you will learn how to lead an innovation process based on the principles of RI.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

-Have a working knowledge of the concept of Responsible Innovation (RI) including all its practicalities.
-Be able to consider how to increase your competitive advantage through responsible innovation.
-Evaluate approaches to drive RI in new and successful business models.
-Be aware of the pitfalls of over-engineering.
-Assess the implications of RI for your innovation strategy.
-Be able to lead the process of RI within your organization.